July on the Cheap! 2019

The Redpath Waterfront Festival

If you’re looking for fun this July, pack the sunscreen, peruse this list of free kid-friendly events, and bring the whole family for some serious summertime fun.

Free Summer Movies
Various dates in July
Get the list of al the free movie screenings in parks and at other venues this summer! Grab a chair or a blanket, and catch up on the latest releases. More

Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in July
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission. More

Cineplex Family Favourites for July
Saturdays in July
Join Cineplex on Saturday or Wednesday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family. More

Kids Bowl Free Program
Various Dates this Summer
Each year, the Kids Bowl Free program kicks off. This fantastic nationwide is program designed to give youth a constructive way to beat the heat. Sign your kids up to bowl 2 FREE games every day all summer long at their local bowling alley. More

Retro Futures Exhibit
Until July 28, 2019
Retro Futures invites you on a nostalgic journey to futures-that-might-have- been. Using the 50th anniversary of NASA’s first successful lunar landing in 1969 as its inspiration, Retro Futures features rare books, magazines, artwork and ephemera from the Toronto Public Library’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. Warp speed ahead! More

Free Play in the Park - Brampton
July 2, 2019 to August 30, 2019
At this free drop-in program, participants ages 6 to 13 will have the opportunity to play various organized games and sports with program leaders. More

Union Summer
Until August 3, 2019
Union Summer - Presented by TD, returns for the annual summer market, bringing together Toronto's top chefs, musicians, film screenings and live performances to Union Station. More

Family Nature Walks at High Park Nature Centre
Until August 20, 2019
Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Walks are led by our amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers. Free admission (donation suggested). More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
Until September 1, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. More

Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront
Until September 15, 2019
The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for another season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. More

Play the Parks
Until September 30, 2019
Play the Parks is back with Free afternoon concerts in the Downtown Yonge BIA district throughout the summer. Enjoy the sounds of summer and hear Toronto artists play the parks. This event is family-friendly! Select dates from June to September. Free admission. More

ROMwalks - Walking Tours of Toronto
Until October 2019
Walking tours of Toronto - ROMWalks encompass the diverse aspects of Toronto's vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more. Most tours are free. More

Cultural Performing Arts Series at Evergreen Brick Works
Until October 27, 2019
Featuring diverse musical and dance performances from May to October. Evergreen's Cultural Performing Arts Series will feature four free music and dance performances designed to activate the space, engage the community and highlight Toronto's diverse arts and culture landscape in an accessible and meaningful way. More

Evergreen Brick Works Scavenger Hunt
Until December 31, 2019
Explore Evergreen Brick Works and discover new things about the site, its history and the Don Valley where we're located. You'll leave with a better sense of what this wonderful place is all about. Free. More

Kids Get in Free at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Weekdays in July
Soak in the summer at The Village! Explore the heritage buildings and gardens, enjoy outdoor games and discovery stations, take part in musical performance or even visit at night for an experience like no other. And, kids get in Free! Children ages 14 and younger get in free Monday to Friday, in July and August! More

Canada Day Celebrations
June 29, 2019 to July 1, 2019
Plan the perfect Canada Day long weekend with our picks of the best events, outdoor festivals and warm-weather outings for you and the kids. Most events are Free! More

The Redpath Waterfront Festival
June 29, 2019 to July 1, 2019
Oh buoy! The Redpath Waterfront Festival returns to Toronto's waterfront on Canada Day weekend from June 29 to July 1, with shiploads of nautical fun for the whole crew. Every three years, the Redpath Waterfront Festival welcomes a fleet of majestic tall ships to Toronto’s waterfront. Free and ticketed events. More

It’s Your Festival
June 29, 2019 to July 1, 2019
“It’s Your Festival” is the oldest and biggest Canada Day Festival in Canada and one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. It’s Your Festival is organized by Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council and 4,000 dedicated volunteers. Free. More

Ontario Family Fishing Events
June 29, 2019 to July 7, 2019​
Fish for Free this July! Go family fishing at an Urban Fishing Festival during the Ontario Family Fishing Event, a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. More

Free Admission for first 500 on Canada Day at ROM
July 1, 2019
In celebration of Canada Day, the Ontario Government is offering free general admission to the first 500 visitors to the ROM on July 1, 2019. More

Tuesday Night Live! At Earl Bales Park
July 2, 2019 to August 29, 2019
Enjoy a beautiful evening of free music in the park every Tuesday for the rest of the summer. Check out the line-up of our fantastic concert series. Events are weather permitting. Free Movies nights in August. More

Toronto Fringe KidsFest
July 3, 2019 to July 14, 2019
Toronto Fringe KidsFest is back at the George Ignatieff Theatre. This dedicated kids theatre component of the wider Toronto Fringe Festival offers 7 different shows for kids aged 2-12. Don't miss the KidsFest Club! Situated on the grassy grounds beside the theatre, the KidsFest Club features outdoor programming for the whole family. KidsFest Club is by donation. More

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
July 3, 2019 to August 2, 2019
The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week celebration of Caribbean music, delicious cuisine and exciting revelry. It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America. Free and tickets events. More

Summer Evenings - World Games Wednesdays at Scarborough Museum
July 3, 2019 to August 28, 2019
Wednesdays are World Games days at Scarborough Museum, where visitors can play giant games, go on a scavenger hunt, and guess the number of jelly beans for a prize! Sample Victorian curry and iced tea while you enjoy all the activities! Free. More

Watch Me Grow at High Park Children’s Garden
July 4, 2019 to August 29, 2019
Gardening and composting activities, garden games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling and more! Free. More

Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront
July 4, 2019 to August 29, 2019
Learn to dance on Toronto's waterfront to the rhythmic beats and swinging sounds of live bands. Inspired by Harbourfront Centre's summer festivals, styles range from salsa to big band and everything in between. All ages. Free. More

Franco-Fête de Toronto
July 5, 2019 to July 7, 2019
Toronto's biggest Francophone music and culture festival returns to Yonge-Dundas Square for its 37th edition. From July 5th to 7th, Franco-Fête de Toronto will offer three days of events celebrating the abundance of Francophone heritage and showcasing the very essence of Francophonie. Free. More

Cultura Festival
July 5, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Cultura is a Free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food and Film every Friday evening in July. More

Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 5, 2019 to July 28, 2019
Toronto’s beloved music festival and summer mainstay, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, returns from July 5 to 28, 2019 to celebrate its 30th year of unparalleled music from both established and emerging artists. Don't miss the Streetfest, the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside and Beaches Jazz Latin Carnival. Free. More

Family Fun Fridays at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly
July 5 to August 30, 2019
A free, fun-filled afternoon awaits youth ages 6 to 17 at Ontario’s Legislative Building this summer. This program introduces youth to provincial parliament during a two hour interactive program featuring a variety of activities. More

Summer Evenings – Treats Friday at Scarborough Museum
July 5, 2019 to August 30, 2019
Guests are invited to watch a different historic treat being made every Friday in the summer! Taste the special treat, tour the historic buildings and play games all afternoon in the wonderful atmosphere of Scarborough Museum. Free. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
July 6, 2019
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. More

Get Fresh. Stay Clean. Ice Cream Party at Harbourfront
July 6, 2019
Joe Fresh and Tide are celebrating their new partnership with an Ice Cream party! Pop by to snap photos with giant ice cream sculptures and enjoy a FREE, delicious, nut-free frozen treat on a beautiful summer day. More​

July 6, 2019 to July 7, 2019
AFROFEST is the largest free African festival in North America. Activities include face painting, story telling, drumming lessons. Drum Zone: This is an interactive area at AFROFEST where drummers and dancers meet and create impromptu music and dance. The AFROFEST marketplace has food and merchandise. Free admission. More

Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival
July 6, 2019 to July 7, 2019
Canada’s biggest salsa party featuring an international calibre of Latin music, non-stop dancing in the streets, Latin foods and fun for the entire family! Free admission. More

Weekend Explorers at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
July 6, 2019 to September 1, 2019
Join us for a fun family program on the weekends at the Legislative Building during the summer! A one hour program designed for families with children aged 6-10. Free admission. More

Annual Fusion Of Taste Festival
July 7, 2019
Fusion of Taste street festival is one day celebration of multiculturalism that takes place at Albion Road and Islington Ave every year. The event showcases over 100 artists with 10.5 hours of programming, over 60 tasty and creative vendors, Kidz Zone, Fun Zone, exciting competitions and more. Free admission. More

Music in the Park at Kew Gardens Park
July 7, 2019 to August 25, 2019
The Beach Village BIA presents the third annual summer Music in the Park Series. The series has been carefully curated to feature some of the Toronto and Canada’s best performers, spanning multiple genres. Free. More

Summer Sodas at Spadina Museum
July 7, 2019 to August 25, 2019
Mix up a fruity summer soda and enjoy it on the beautiful grounds of Spadina Museum. Come up with your own soda flavor and design a bottle label. Once you're fortified with a cool drink, challenge your friends to an outdoor game like badminton, croquet, or quoits. Free. More

Summer Evenings – Treats Friday at Scarborough Museum
July 7, 2019 to August 30, 2019
Guests are invited to watch a different historic treat being made every Friday in the summer! Taste the special treat, tour the historic buildings and play games all afternoon in the wonderful atmosphere of Scarborough Museum. Free. More

Newmarket's Kids Downtown
July 9 and 23, 2019
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for Kids Downtown. This free child-oriented entertainment show allows you to delight in the evening's entertainment. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Free admission. More

Summer Wednesdays at Evergreen Brick Works
July 10, 2019 to August 28, 2019
Soak up the sun at Summer Wednesdays! Bask in the setting sun as you kick back with an ice cold drink, grab a bite of delicious summer fare and make the most of those warm summer evenings. The hottest place to spend Wednesday nights is at Evergreen Brick Works, nature's patio. Plus, join us for the Live Music Series. Free admission. More

Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song
July 11, 2019 to August 22, 2019
The Edwards Summer Music Series is back this summer with seven engaging performances from super talented musicians and artists that will get the whole family dancing along! Free admission. More

Free Building Workshops at Home Depot
July 13, 2019
Kids will learn how to build projects with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Takes place the second Saturday each month from 10am to Noon at The Home Depot locations across Toronto. These free DIY workshops for kids allow them to build toys or other projects. The workshop is for kids ages 4 to 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. On July 13, build a Tow Truck. Free. More

Festival of India
July 13, 2019 to July 14, 2019
One of Toronto’s most dazzling, head-turning summer events featuring a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street. The celebrations then will shift to Toronto Centre Island, for two days of festivities. Admission is free. More

Grandpa Henry's Picnic at Oshawa Museum
July 14, 2019
Check in with Victorian style experts; enjoy a leisurely game of croquet or horseshoes, see what’s buzzing with local beekeeper JoAnn Poirier, of Kiss My Bees, or reward yourself with some delicious homemade ice cream! New this year is a mini market, featuring Jennuinely Unique Knits, and a preview of the latest Museum Exhibit, The Vintage Catwalk! Free. More

Downsview Park Nature Connection
July 14, 2019 and July 28, 2019
A FREE nature program for families. Connect with the natural world and come out to Downsview Park! Downsview Park staff will take you on a free outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world, starting with Downsview Park! More

CBC Kids Days 2019
July 17, 2019 to July 18, 2019
Two fun filled days of live performances, activities, crafts and the first ever CBC Kids Days Parade! Free. More

KidsFest at Centre Island
July 19, 2019 to July 21, 2019
Summer is here - let's celebrate! Centreville Amusement Park is hosting its annual KidsFest event! FREE family fun. Three days featuring bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses, face painters, games and much more! More

BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture
July 20, 2019
The BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture is an exceptional community and city-building festival presenting hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays and exhibitions. Free admission. More

Taste of the Woods
July 20, 2019
Taste of the Woods offers delicious food, spectacular entertainment, amazing raffle prizes, fun activities, affordable vendors and much more. Free admission. More

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
July 20, 2019 to July 21, 2019
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a two-day multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums from a beautiful mix of nations.  Drumbeats at this Festival connect the heartbeats of Canada's enviable, harmonious combination of cultures. Free admission. More

Black Creek Farm Festival
July 20, 2019
Fun day at the farm! Don’t miss out on delicious pizza from our brick bake oven, free workshops, activities, exhilarating scavenger hunt tour and many more! Organic fresh produce for sale. Kids activities. Free admission. More

Toronto International BrazilFest
July 21, 2019
The Festival will offer its attendees the opportunity to be closer to the performers. Get a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil with Brazilian style foods and a family area. There are attractions for the whole family including a great Kids Zone. Free admission. More

Youth Day Toronto
July 21, 2019
“The Largest Festival of Its Kind” celebrating and supporting our next generation of young creatives as they showcase their passion in music, dance, art, photography, fashion and film. Free. More

Tirgan Festival
July 25, 2019 to July 28, 2019
A weekend-long festival celebrating Iranian arts and culture; featuring theatrical performances, dance, music, a DJ night, numerous kids programs, a traditional tea house, and lots of delicious food. Free. More

Ribfest in Richmond Hill
July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019
Ribbers cook and compete for various Best titles including Best Sauce and Best Ribs as decided by honorary judges. Bring your friends and your appetites as this festival is one you won't want to miss! Free admission. More

Taste of Teesdale
July 23, 2019
Taste of Teesdale offers delicious food, spectacular entertainment, amazing raffle prizes, fun activities, affordable vendors and much more. Free admission. More

AlohaFest Toronto
July 27, 2019
AlohaFest Toronto is one of the few places in the city where guests can indulge in both local favourites and unique Hawaiian treats. AlohaFest Toronto is a free event that will take place rain or shine. E komo mai ("Welcome")! More

July 27, 2019
Nothing says summer more, than street festivals in Toronto! For the fourth consecutive year, OssFest returns for a pedestrian take over of the Ossington Strip between Dundas St W and Queen St W. Over 20 extended patios, music and entertainment programming all day and into the evening. Free admission. More

Taste of the Middle East Food Festival
July 27, 2019
Appreciate the vibrant art, music and dance that will surround you as you expand your palate and taste the 1001 Flavours that the Middle Eastern culture has to offer. Free admission. More

The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival
July 27, 2019 to July 28, 2019
The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival is an outdoor event held in Scarborough's Guild Park and Gardens. Featuring artists, artisan vendors, live performances, beer garden and children's activities. Free admission. More

HorseCapades at the CNE
July 27, 2019 to August 15, 2019
A delightful and free introduction to horses, the CNE's interactive horse program! Designed for the young and the young at heart, HorseCapades sweeps you away from city life and into the magical world of the horse. Giddy up! Free before the CNE opens (then included with admission.) More

More Free Events in July
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in July. CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month. This page will also be updated so check back often.

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